Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-27
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
SBD > Cassette master > DAT(0) (Cassette>DAT transfer by Dick); DAT(1) > ZA2> Soundforge (15db sampled tape hiss noise reduction filter)> CD Architect > Master CDR (by Jim Wise); CDR Master > EAC in secure mode (see below) > Soundforge (minor editing and crossfading) > CDWAV > SHNv3 w/seek tables appended (by Jamie Lutch); see info file for flaw notes; note encore missing
- SBD > Cassette master > DAT(0)
- Chicago, IL
- Transferred by
- Dick Latvala
- Uptown Theater
Subject: Feb Uptown Run, Night 2
Huge third quarter features a great scarlet->fire and estimated->eyes combo (totaling approx. 45 mins). Speedy '81 eyes does not disappoint! Neither does the scarlet-fire, which very well might be the best yet played at the Uptown. Fourth quarter features 20 mins of drums/space, followed by fairly standard finale: NFA->Wharf Rat->Sugar Magnolia. Some weird stuff going on near end of drums. "Hello! Hi...Is that a horse?!" Encore is missing, but i'm sure the Don't Ease was a short, sweet treat to close out this solid second night from the '81 Uptown run.
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It's a shame dead lists' search engine isn't a little more robust.
One way or another, it's very unusual, if not unique.
Also worth noting that if Dick really put this up, he must've thought it was relatively special.
Subject: Overrated my ass..
Subject: No Love......
Set 1 is solid, nothing terribly outstanding, but everything distinguished in its own way. I really like that pocket jam in Cassidy, and to end the set with Minglewood is rather odd, but they're really just setting the table here...
...for Set 2. Hot DAMN. Take your pick as to which one here is the best of the bunch - it's a real toss-up as far as I'm concerned. Maybe the Eyes. It's just supreme confidence all the way from the start of the suite at S>F to the Rhythm...Boars?!?! to the final notes of Sugar Magnolia - this is A+, prime Dead.
Subject: Space Melodies post drums...
Subject: nice mix
Subject: great sound, thats about it though
Subject: Uptown Theatre – 81
Then, first set is short and has no something interesting. “New Minglewood Blues” is nice, but it’s not as aggressive, as versions of 1977 (San Bernardino, Barton Hall). “Friend” and “Cassidy” are cold, it’s only technique, so the songs remained half-spoken to my mind, they are not alive. “Eyes of the World” is awful. Guys started it too fast, Jerry’s not singing, he’s trying to follow the music in time. Leads between the verses are weak, they don’t touch you at all, it’s just like cacophony. “NFA” is out of energy, poor performance, though Jerry’s nice at some moments
The only composition which deserves 5 stars is “S>F”, and because of that I give this show such a high grade. Jamming is nice, singing is nice, definitely the best part of the concert, GD on its high level
Subject: Updated to 4 Stars, after 2nd Listening
---- Original Review
I didn't find this show to be all that great, though perhaps I was influenced by the other negative review? Another caveat is that I didn't have a chance to give it the "full listen", which for me is lying down, eyes closed, head phones on. I never really have time for that, though I should make it more often. These days, it's pretty much while driving, doing house work, walk break at lunch, etc.
It's not that anything was particularly bad, but I didn't find much really exciting, or compelling. It mostly felt pretty uneventful.
First set (less fresh on my mind) had some really nice singing, but felt mostly uneventful. Friend of the Devil and Cassidy come to mind as having been nice.
Second got off to a weak start with Scarlet Begonias, usually one of my favorites. Sequeue into fire on the mountain, fire on the mountatin had some nice jams. Things seemed to seemed to pick up from post Estimated jam. I liked the fast Eyes of the World, and Drums notably good - one of my favorites. Wharf Rat one of the best, for sure.
I liked 5/16/81 alot better, and recall parts that REALLY stood out as inspired/excited. I'm also excited to check out 3/9/81 (just started it, Stranger sounds good, but I LOVE this song).
Subject: solid 4 stars
Great, of course, but not stellar.
Technically sound 1st set with a great Friend of the Devil and a beautiful, but the energy level is a bit low. The boys find their energy after a bit clunky start to Scarlet in the 2nd set, and continue with a roaring Fire. The fire leads into a nice estimated which transitions slightly less than smoothly into a gorgeous but short Eyes. Drums>Space is one of the better ones, but the energy seems to leave afterwards. Wharf Rat is decent, but I did not seem to appreciate it as much as the other reviewers. Even Sugar Mag, which usually holds up pretty well energy-wise, seems a bit lagging.
No Don't Ease Encore, but it's just as well. I never liked that song as an encore. Plus, with their energy a bit low, I can't imagine it would be anything worth listening to.
Subject: Two out of three are outstanding/Bob's guitar tone
Subject: Great show - Classic era
I think late 79- 81 should be considered one of the pinnacle eras, along with 72-73 and 77-78 etc. They were totally pro in this era, tight and focused with a revamped repertoire (sans DS and Stephen, though). But they did some great shows in this era.
Each member also seemed to bringing his best sound at this time, too, I think. Bobby had that squeaky thing perfected (before going into the constant super-fuzz distortion in the late 80s and beyond). Jerry has this crunchy soaring lead tone that he uses. I love Brents sound from this early 80s era, too. he has the ploinky thing as well as the big tone of the B3 happening, and his harmonies were so great. I am a Brent fan. And all their sounds merged so well together.
This show in particular is great: Upbeat 1st set and the 2nd set smokes through and through. I am especially fond of the Scar -> fire -> estimated -> eyes. That is a cool run, for sure. The leads in the middle of Scarlet are fantastic, and the transitional jam into Fire is also really good. Though I agree with the earlier reviewer that Eyes is a bit short and too fast. But still, what a sweet run of monster tunes to start the 2nd Set.
The jamming throughout is really edgy and the JG guitar tone is crunchy and great. The lead at the end of Wharf Rat is a knockout.
I really like this show, and this whole run of shows illustrates the band at this time really well.
4 stars / Great stuff.
I give it 4 and not 5 because of the sound. I think, for this era, this is among the best sounding shows around, but overall these shows weren't captured and presented as well as the Betty Board stuff. Cassette factor? There just isnt the clarity on the high end that you get from a crispy 77 SBD. Its hard to hear the high hats and cymbals, and the kick drums / Phil are not as clearly cutting through the mix in these SBDs as they do in the earlier stuff. (It gets worse in 82, but its bad enough here.)
Worth the time to listen to these shows. This is great stuff from one of my favorite eras.
Subject: Right on DTS
I won't over-rate this one. It's just fine although I'm not a huge fan of how the SBD sounds. True for a few early 80's SBD's in my collection. Yeah I'm just another picky Deadhead.
Subject: Sure what the heck, I'll overrate it
Signed, A former dayglow freak who used to paint the face, then joined the human race.
Subject: love the first shows from these years..
Subject: Way overrated
Subject: Short 8 song first set - next night 11
Subject: Hell yeah!
Subject: its 9:29 and I'm....
The jam starts around 5:50. Interestingly, he restates the theme at 6:59. He turns on the wah at 7:56. At 9:53 he stutters, and I'm thinking, where is Lesh? By 10:45, I'm wondering, where the heck is everyone? He tries the theme again at 11, back to the wah at 12, and it's on to Fire.
Subject: Smoking Show
Subject: AUD source good too
Subject: Otherones Award
My 3 year obsession with the 60's - 70's era dead came to a crashing halt after hearing this show. Im all about the Mydland era dead and this show is the cause of it all.
Subject: Ill get up and fly away...
Subject: The Aceman Misseth
The instrumentation is not perfect, though. Bobby is largely missing except for very quiet passages (ie, the funk jam following the Scarlet verses).
Subject: Great Run From Uptown '81
Subject: thanks for the b-day gift, fellas...
The first set rocks from top to bottom, only taking a break for a beautiful Roses. One of the better electric FODs I've heard.
The first half of the second set (Sarlet > Fire > Estimated > Eyes) is bliss.
Sound is a tad hissy, but I like the mix - get's better as the show progresses too.
I'm partial to the 80s, and this is one of the best I've heard. Totally worth the effort.
Subject: quality sound
Subject: water taste's like wine
Subject: Great sound, great show ,,, Crank up the Ipod!
Subject: Oooh, I 'm a believer.!
For the exception of 4-7-71 I only give show a five if I was there. Since I was one yr old in '71 I couldn't be there but gave it a 5 because it is sooo hot. This one is a 94 out of 100 on the sound quality, just makes A category for me. So it gets a 4. Enjoy it!
Not the "hottest" Scarlet>fire in my opion but so well played and very long! Doesn't beat 7-7-78 nor does it beat cornell but it is up there with the barcelona '81 and the scarlet fire from UVM in 4-13-83. If you like those shows, you must download this show. Its that simple.
A keeper. Its the type fo tape that gets a non dead head into the dead. It'll make a believer out of anyone!
Subject: Uptown Theatre Shows are the Hottest!!!
Subject: great all around show...download all 3 nights
Subject: so nice to see this circulating
The person(s) who taped my copy spent the most of the first set asking each other: "Do you feel anything yet?" This went on between each song. By the end of Scarlet->Fire they had stopped talking. I always imagined them melted into a puddle by then. :)
Really excited about hearing this again!
Subject: Best show ever
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